Guest Columns
  • Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, “I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas.

  • Smyrna: The poor church that was rich

    August 22 2018 by Lee Pigg | with 0 comments

    Second in a series   The year was A. D. 155 and he was told to curse God and live. The alternative was to be burned at the stake.

  • Just as Jesus affirmed first-century women, calling them to confess Him as Lord and tell the good news of the gospel, He continues to call women in the 21st century to communicate His story to the world.   READ MORE

  • Racial unity: Can we move on?

    August 20 2018 by Dan Darling | with 0 comments

    I’m often asked by well-meaning Christians, “Why do we have to keep talking about race?” And the best answer I can give is this: the Bible keeps talking about race.   READ MORE

  • Heaven on earth

    August 17 2018 by Joshua Crutchfield | with 0 comments

    I love preaching about heaven – but hardly in the way that you might expect.   I do not limit it to the place that you go to when you die but what has already erupted on earth due to the salvation that God is imparting to those who trust in Him.

  • 4 steps every new small group should take

    August 16 2018 by Phanuel Roxas | with 0 comments

    Small groups build community and help new church members feel more connected to the local church. A smaller setting helps shrink down a large congregation to smaller, more intimate gatherings where members can establish deeper roots.   No matter how each group is formed, there are some practical elements to consider when launching a brand-new group.

  • An untended garden

    August 14 2018 by Randy Bennett | with 0 comments

    I was anxious to walk through my garden after being out of town for vacation to see how it had fared in my absence for two weeks.   READ MORE

  • God’s discipline

    August 13 2018 by Chuck Lawless | with 0 comments

    None of us likes being at the receiving end of God’s discipline – especially when we’re in the midst of it. Every believer I know, though, has been through it. If you haven’t yet been, you will be at some point.   READ MORE

  • Can you spiritually multitask?

    August 9 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    Instead of having one slow brain, today’s computers have several really fast brains that can handle tasks independently of each other. While the brain God gave us is more powerful than any computer, we only have one. And it works best when it is focused on one thing at a time.

  • Childlike awe

    August 8 2018 by Randy C. Davis | with 0 comments

    I grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast and love it. But it’s a little more than just loving it, it’s in my blood.   The majority of my earliest memories are of water skiing up and down the canal, fishing off the coast of Orange Beach, shrimping in Perdido Bay and sitting at the end of a pier watching beautiful sunsets with my family.

  • Ephesus: Have we lost our first love?

    August 7 2018 by Marty Jacumin | with 0 comments

    First in a series   When people are searching for a church to join, they usually have a set of criteria in mind.

  • As a biblioholic, I am constantly looking for new books. As a pastor who wants to grow in my personal witness and lead my church to greater effectiveness in reaching people for Christ, I’m especially interested in new books on evangelism. This summer, I discovered a gem while at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas.

  • Technology’s increasing authority in our lives

    August 6 2018 by Jason Thacker | with 0 comments

    In February 2017 there was a far-reaching event that few noticed. It wasn’t the Oscars, or even the president’s first address to Congress. Amazon S3 web servers went down – a much bigger deal than might be expected. These server outages primarily affected the East Coast, but the implications reached farther.

  • What about my kids? Foster care’s impact

    August 3 2018 by Rachel Blankenship | with 0 comments

    Last year, we were a family of four. My husband and I had a 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. But with one phone call our whole world changed.   READ MORE

  • Neighborly love

    August 1 2018 by Autumn Wall | with 0 comments

    We’re all pretty good at applying Jesus’ call to “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31) to people we go to church with, people we enjoy being around and people our kids spend time around.   READ MORE

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